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Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)
"Kirikou et la sorcière" (original title)

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In a troubled African village, an unusual baby is born.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doudou Gueye Thiaw ...
Kirikou enfant (voice)
Maimouna N'Diaye ...
La Mère (voice)
Awa Sene Sarr ...
Karaba (voice) (as Awa Sène Sarr)
Robert Liensol ...
Le Sage dans la montagne (voice) (as Robert Lionsol)
Kirikou jeune homme (voice) (as William Nadylam-Yotnda)
Sebastien Hebrant ...
Kirikou jeune homme (voice) (as Sébastien Hébrant)
Thilombo Lubambu ...
L'Oncle (voice) (as Tshilombo Lubambu)
Marie Augustine Diatta ...
La Femme forte (voice)
Moustapha Diop ...
Fétiche sur le toît (voice) (as Mouhamadou Moustapha Diop)
Isseu Niang ...
La Femme maigre (voice)
Selly Raby Kane ...
La Grande Fille (voice)
Erick Patrick Correa ...
Le Grand Garçon (voice)
Adjoua Barry ...
La Fille moyenne (voice)
Charles Edouard Gomis Correa ...
Le Garçon moyen (voice)
Marie-Louise Shedeye Diiddi ...
La Petite Fille (voice)


In a little village somewhere in Africa, a boy named Kirikou is born. But he's not a normal boy, because he knows what he wants very well. Also he already can speak and walk. His mother tells him how an evil sorceress has dried up their spring and devoured all males of the village except of one. Hence little Kirikou decides, he will accompany the last warrior to the sorceress. Due to his intrepidity he may be the last hope of the village. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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Release Date:

27 October 2000 (USA)  »

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€3,800,000 (estimated)

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[Michel Ocelot] had first envisioned Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998) as a silhouette animation (the medium he had been working in since 1988's We Are the Star (1988)) and wrote the initial version of the screenplay with this manner of presentation in mind. Karaba's "breast jewelry" emerged during this phase as a device to prevent her having the appearance of having only one breast when her torso was turned to a three-quarter view but was retained despite the changeover to full color. See more »


Karaba: I don't want to marry anyone. Witch or not, I will never be somebody's servant.
Kirikou: If you were my wife, you would never be my servant.
Karaba: That's what all men say before marriage.
Kirikou: I'm not like all men.
Karaba: That's true, little Kirikou. One day, you'll say all of that to a nice little girl.
Kirikou: I don't like little girls.
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Followed by Kirikou and the Wild Beasts (2005) See more »


Written by Youssou N'Dour
Performed by Boubacar Mendy (as Bouba Mendy)
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A perfect work of art
26 December 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This film, all too limited in its British cinema release, is fortunately now available both on video (a mere £5.99) and on DVD from the BFI. Exquisitely designed, wholly engaging and both ethnic and universal, this African tale is equally appealing to children and adults. As well as being entertaining, it is possessed of genuine wisdom while also being unpretentious. It also has real charm as opposed to the calculated kind found in 'Amelie'. It attains all it set out to achieve and is the film I admire the most of all that I saw which were released in Britain during 2003.

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